Well, the review was a bit...unfinished. I am sort of looking to replace my older GG Miniposa. At something less than one pound, I would consider anything well made in that range. That is a true Light Weight pack to me. At ~2500ci (~40L) it has served me well but is wearing out. It has stays and a pad pocket for frame. It works well for anything I need/want...up to ~25pounds. Heavier gear? Longer trips? Well, I do a week at a time more often than not, sometimes weekends, sometimes a couple weeks.
At 24, or 32onces I have to stop and say, no. This back is too heavy. A simple criteria that only a few packs ever meet. To simply give up on a packs in that range, 2200-2500ci (35-40L) simply because the pack is built heavier than needed, means giving up on most packs, including the HMG. I am a bit disapointed. HMG, using UL cuben material and hybrids, has sort of missed the mark. And, they missed a UL backpackers needs (mine at least,) regardless of how well it carries. It is simply too heavy for the size.
Group leaders, guides, need heavier packs. They will often carry extra stuff out of necessity. Larger first aid kits, extra food, a camp saw, etc. This stuff adds an extra 5-10 pounds. Any guide that can take a group out for a week with less than 30pounds on his back, is really not doing what he needs to do for the group. So, I understand Mr. Jordan's and Mr. Wallace's sentiments. As the included picture shows, things happen, and, it is not that unusual to have to carry someone's pack, as well as your own. My question is whether this stuff is really relavent to a solo or couple out backpacking for a weekend. Or, relavent to me on a week long unsuported trip through some portion of ADK's. Or, relavent to most UL people (anyone with less than a 10 pound base pack...2 pounds to carry 10 pounds???)
The waterproofness of the pack looks good. I like most things about the pack, except the weight. Carrying a 2pound pack for even a light load(20pound base) still results in a 10% dead weight carry, just looking at the numbers. Iff you get your base pack down to 10 pounds, this jumps to 20%. If I can cut that to about 5%, I am doing better. I manage to carry a 20lb pack load OK, despite having a bad back. I do not plan on going back to a 2 pound pack...at least not while I am alive, though the wife says she will bury my dead body with a pack. Ya' know, this pack looks it might last for an eternity after all. 'Corse nothing lasts forever...